UN confirms damage to aid helicopter in Borno

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The United Nations on Saturday confirm that a humanitarian helicopter was attacked by non-state armed groups in Damasak, Borno State.

According to a statement issued by the humanitarian coordinator in NIgeria Mr Edward Kallon, two innocent civilians lost their lives, including a five-year old child while several others injured.

He said the UN Humanitarian Air Service is essential to evacuate wounded civilians and remains the backbone to facilitating humanitarian access, thereby enabling UN agencies and non-governmental organizations to safely and securely reach the most vulnerable populations. Kallon said although no aid workers were on board at the time and crew members are all safe. He extended sincere condolences to the families of the civilians who lost their lives in the attack and wish a prompt recovery to those injured.

Kallo strongly condemn any attack against civilians, humanitarian assets or aid workers and call on all armed parties to respect international humanitarian law and international human rights law, and ensure the protection of civilians, humanitarian property and personnel.

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